Don't let your window blinds become a neglected part of your cleaning routine. While it may seem tempting to skip this small task and save a few minutes, you'll soon be faced with a grim sight: dirt, stains, and dust bunnies covering your once-pristine blinds. Plus, every time you adjust them, that accumulated dirt spreads throughout the room, making it even harder to maintain a clean and fresh environment.
Fortunately, restoring your blinds to their immaculate state is easier than you might think. With just a little effort, you can banish the grime and enjoy sparkling-clean window treatments. Say goodbye to the unsightly mess and say hello to affordable and thorough house cleaning.
Follow our simple instructions compiled by our expert cleaners, and you'll have your blinds looking their best in no time. Don't underestimate the impact of clean blinds on the overall cleanliness and ambiance of your home. Let's dive into the world of window blind cleaning and discover the secrets to effortless maintenance!
How to clean your blinds without detaching them
If your first thought was, "ugh, now I have to detach and reattach every one of the blinds just to clean them," here is some good news: You can clean your blinds using the proper method without even detaching them. Check out the following methods.
How to clean vinyl blinds
Vinyl blinds are the most common type of blinds. Luckily, they are also the easiest to clean as they don't involve any special consideration to wipe them. Here are a couple of guidelines, depending on how dirty your blinds are:
- For light dirt. Open your blinds and wrap a microfiber cloth around both sides of a slat. Starting from the top, slide down the cloth to remove the dirt. Repeat the process with all the remaining slats, shaking or rinsing the microfiber cloth whenever you need.
A vacuum cleaner with a soft brush or upholstery attachment makes things even easier! Just hold the slat (or bottom rail if you have horizontal blinds), put your vacuum in the lowest setting, and suck the dust away. Do it from top to bottom to save time.
- For stained blinds. First, dust your blinds as usual. Next, mix equal parts water and vinegar, then add a dash of dishwashing liquid. Grab a microfiber cloth, dip it in the solution, and wring out the cloth before wiping the stains. Once the dirt is gone, dry the moisture with a clean rag to avoid streaks.
How to clean aluminum blinds
These blinds are sturdier than vinyl ones, so you can apply a little more elbow grease when cleaning them.
- For lightly soiled blinds. As you don't need to be as gentle as when cleaning vinyl blinds, you can remove the dust from aluminum blinds by using your vacuum cleaner in a normal setting. Be sure to use the upholstery or soft brush attachment for more effectiveness.
- For stubborn stains. Vinegar can corrode metal, so instead, make a mix with just warm water and a dash of dish soap. Soak a microfiber cloth in the solution and wring the excess. Feel free to apply pressure to troublesome areas until the stains disappear. Dry when you finish.
How to clean wooden blinds
Wooden blinds require a more careful treatment than any other type due to their characteristics. For example, wood will swell if exposed to water or humidity for extended periods. Here are some guidelines:
- For removing dust. Close your blinds so one of their sides faces you, and use a soft duster to take down all the dust—begin from the top. Then, you can turn the blinds 180° to dust the other side. Once you finish, use your vacuum to remove the fallen dirt.
- For hard spots. You can use a slightly damp microfiber cloth to wipe the stubborn stains, but be careful not to press too hard to avoid damaging or decoloring the wood. Also, dry immediately with a microfiber cloth to prevent the wood from warping.
How to re-whiten your blinds
All that sunlight hitting the window blinds takes a toll on them. Over time, your blinds can become yellowish, diminishing the room's looks. However, you might be able to return them to their original color if you follow these instructions.
Aluminum and vinyl blinds
Before trying this method, check the manufacturer's cleaning guidelines. Some manufacturers recommend against soaking your blinds in water, so be sure it's not your case.
- Fill your bathtub with cold water and two or three cups of bleach, depending on how yellow your blinds are.
- Detach your blinds and place them inside the bathtub for about 10 minutes. Open a window or use a fan to avoid fumes from accumulating in the room.
- Slip on a pair of rubber gloves and grab your trusty sponge, then gently wipe the slats until they are clean again. When you finish, drain the tub and let the slats drip for a few minutes.
- To conclude, absorb excess moisture with a towel and take the slats outside to air dry. After that, your window blinds will be nice and ready for reattaching!
White wooden blinds
Whether your wooden blinds have UV protection or not, they'll turn yellow, given enough time. To make your blinds pure white again, check the following method—unless you want to paint your room to match your newly colored blinds!
- Dust your blinds with a soft rag, first when they are open, and then close them to clean the other side.
- Damp a microfiber cloth with a generous amount of wood cleaner or polisher.
- Wipe the slats one at a time, applying a bit of elbow grease to tough spots. Add more cleaner or polisher to the rag if needed.
- After applying the cleaner or polisher. Wipe the slats again using a clean microfiber cloth to remove the excess.
- If the yellow tint doesn't come off, there is the option to apply a new layer of paint on your slats.
Dos and don'ts of cleaning your blinds
Do you want to leave your blinds spotless? You can do (or avoid) many things to keep them in the best condition! Here are some examples.
- Do clean your blinds at least once a week. It will prevent dirt buildup.
- Don't spray sticky solutions near your blinds. Dirt and dust will stick more easily to them as a result.
- Do vacuum after dusting your blinds. That will prevent the dust from scattering and settling on your blinds again.
- Don't try to remove the dust using moisture first. Dust combined with water will make a mess!
Keep the rest of your house as clean as your blinds!
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